Design Through the Decades – part 58
Landscaping in the 1970s in Phoenix expanded on the landscaping designs of the 1950s and 1960s with the introduction of different tree and plant species. For example, the Australian bottle tree made its appearance in the 1970s. Bottle trees are messy trees and drop a lot of leaves and hard pods.
Eucalyptus trees (another Australian tree) are fast growing trees and were very popular in the 1970s and 1980s.
Carob trees provide dense shade but drop a lot of leaves.
Italian cypress trees are distinct in their shape.
More Italian cypress trees. Less emphasis was placed on grass lawns in front yards in the 1970s.
Juniper bushes were common in 1970s Phoenix yards.
Cedar bushes (grown into trees) continued their popularity in the 1970s as seen at this 1975 Phoenix home.
Mulberry trees and arborvitae bushes were used in the 1960s and 1970s. This is a 1970 Phoenix residence. Mulberry trees have heavy pollen so the male trees were banned from sale in the Phoenix area in the 1990s.
Ash trees were still planted in yards in the 1970s.
You weren’t a true Phoenician if you didn’t have at least one citrus tree (orange, grapefruit, lemon).
Olive trees were used often in the 1970s. This is a 1976 Phoenix home.
Trimmed hedges and topiary bushes were still popular in the 1970s. Pyracantha (aka firethorn) bushes were common and trained to grow up sides of houses; they have thorns and produce red berries. Olive trees are seen here too.
There seemed to be a trend toward planting pollinated trees in Phoenix in the 1970s: olive, mulberry, and pine. And messy trees in the 1970s: bottle trees, olive, carob, and pine trees. The tall Eldarica pine tree dates this home. Paradise Valley Mall in northeast Phoenix opened up in 1979. They used pine trees extensively around the property. However, the 30-foot-tall pine trees made the Mall look very “80s”; a major landscaping renovation of PV Mall took place in 2008 which removed all of the hundreds of the 1979 pine trees.
What would Phoenix be without palm trees? Here’s a Mediterranean fan palm.
Just like in the 1960s, having a Canary Island date palm (aka pineapple palm) with gravel rock was a popular landscape design in the 1970s.
Saguaro cacti defined desert living in Phoenix in the 1970s.
Ocotillo plants were often used in 1970s landscaping. Most of the year, they are a bunch of thorny sticks, but burst out in green leaves twice a year.
Decorative rock and gravel were used in the 1960s and 1970s as seen at this 1975 Phoenix home.
Gravel front yards (instead of grass) with gravel “islands” were very trendy in Sun City, Arizona in the 1970s.